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REF NO.: 104
SUBJECT: School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony to take place
DATE: Jan. 13
Members of the media are invited to attend the sixth annual School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, to take place on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Health Sciences Centre, main auditorium, from 5-7:30 p.m.
The event was established to officially welcome first-year pharmacy students into the profession, and to impart on them the profound ethical responsibility they will hold to their patients, colleagues and to the health-care system.
Students will be reminded of the importance of performing their practice in an ethical and respectful manner. In particular, the importance of professional conduct on social media sites will be emphasized, cautioning them that anything written in an email or on social media sites should be considered public information.
Students will also be provided with an orientation into the current landscape of the pharmacy profession.
“As the most accessible health-care professionals, it is anticipated that pharmacists will be expected to offer much more – from vaccinations, smoking cessation, mental health and addictions counselling, blood pressure monitoring,
medication management, chronic disease management and prescribing for minor ailments, and so much more,” said Dr. Carlo Marra, dean, School of Pharmacy.
In the fall of 2014, the provincial government announced that pharmacists in Newfoundland and Labrador are now able to provide flu vaccinations. The school has been offering certification training to pharmacists across the province to enable and encourage expanded scope skills development.
Kevin Pollard, parliamentary secretary for the minister of Health and Community Services, will bring greetings on behalf of the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Noreen Golfman, provost and vice-president (academic), pro tempore, will bring greetings on behalf of Memorial University.
For your information, the event scenario is below. Each invited guest will speak for approximately five minutes.
School of Pharmacy 2015 White Coat Ceremony (Class of 2018)
On-site contact: Heidi Wicks, communications co-ordinator, School of Pharmacy, 749-7462 (mobile)
Thursday, Jan. 15
Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre
Memorial University, St. John’s
(located on the second floor of the medical school section)
Mr. Kevin Pollard -- Parlimentary Secretary, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. Noreen Golfman – Provost and Vice-President (Academic), pro tempore, Memorial University
Dr. Carla Marra – Dean, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Debbie Kelly – Chair, Admissions Committee, School of Pharmacy and Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board
Ms. Margot Priddle – Registrar, Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board
Mr. Richard Coombs – President, Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Mr. Keith Bailey – representing the Canadian Pharmacists Association
Dr. Tiffany Lee – President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists – NL Branch
Ms. Emily King, Master of Ceremonies – President, Memorial University Pharmacy Society (student – Class of 2015)
Order of Proceedings:
4:45 p.m. VIP participants meet in the main lobby and are escorted to assigned seating
5 p.m. Ms. Emily King, Master of Ceremonies
5:05 p.m. Dr. Carlo Marra
Dean, School of Pharmacy
5:10 p.m. Mr. Kevin Pollard
Parlimentary Secretary, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
5:15 p.m. Dr. Noreen Golfman
Provost and Vice-President (Academic) pro tempore, Memorial University
5:18 p.m. Dr. Debbie Kelly
Chair, Admissions Committee, School of Pharmacy and Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board
5:21 p.m. Ms. Margot Priddle
Secretary-Registrar, Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board
5:24 p.m. Mr. Richard Coombs
President, Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
5:27 p.m. Mr. Keith Bailey
Canadian Pharmacists Association
5:30 p.m. Dr. Tiffany Lee
President, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (NL branch)
5:34 p.m. Recitation of the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board Code of Ethics
Read by: Ms. Nancy Drover
Presented by: Ms. Margot Priddle to Ms. Stacy Collins
5:38 p.m. Donning of White Coats
Lead by: Dr. Stephanie Young
Donners: Mr. Sheldon Baines, Ms. Vanessa Boone, Mr. Roger Green, Ms. Robyn
O’Rielly, Mr. Roy Saunders, Mr. Jerry Young
Presentation of Name Tags
Mr. Brooks Atkinson, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, assisted by: Dr. Justin Peddle
6 p.m. Recitation of Pledge of Professionalism
Led by: Ms. Janice Coleman, Class of 2015
6:10 p.m. Picture of the Class of 2018
Reception and Pledge of Professionalism Signing
Enter the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) on the east side from parking lot 9, next to the construction zone. Free parking is available in parking lot 9, located off of Clinch Crescent.
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For further information, please contact Heidi Wicks, communications co-ordinator, School of Pharmacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-7302 (office) or 749-7462 (mobile).